St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Location 904 E. Knapp St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°02′50.24″N 87°54′2.34″W / 43.0472889°N 87.9006500°W / 43.0472889; -87.9006500Coordinates: 43°02′50.24″N 87°54′2.34″W / 43.0472889°N 87.9006500°W / 43.0472889; -87.9006500
Architect Edward Townsend Mix;
Louis Comfort Tiffany
NRHP Reference # 74000110[1]
Added to NRHP December 27, 1974

St. Paul's Episcopal Church is a church located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. Noted for its Tiffany windows, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Milwaukee Landmark.


The front of the church

Founded in 1838, St. Paul's parish is the oldest Episcopal parish in Milwaukee and the third established in Wisconsin. It is located in the wealthy downtown east neighborhood of Juneautown. Members included many prominent citizens of the time, which helped the church to become the most influential Episcopal congregation in the state.

The building was designed by local architect Edward Townsend Mix in Romanesque style and built in 1884 using Lake Superior Sandstone, a dark red sandstone found near the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. It features wrought iron by Master Blacksmith Cyril Colnik.

Christ Leaving the Praetorium by Tiffany

St. Paul's Church also has the largest collection of Tiffany stained glass windows in the state. This includes the largest window ever made by Tiffany Studios of New York. Spanning 30 feet long, 24 feet high and up to two inches thick, it is a copy of Gustave Doré's masterpiece "Christ Leaving the Praetorium."

It is believed that the building closely resembles one which was designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson, whose plans were published in the Architectural Sketch Book, but never built.

A committee appointed by the church established Forest Home Cemetery on Milwaukee's south side, the final resting place of many of the city's famed beer barons and social elite. When the land was selected it was located nearly two miles outside of the city limits. At the time this was believed to be far enough from urban development to remain rural.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 

See also[edit]

  • Richard Thieme, priest at St. Paul's who went on to become an author and technology consultant.

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